Mastering the sales discipline to shut up
Contrary to what you've heard, selling is the oldest profession, because “In the beginning” the serpent sold the apple to Eve. You might say she bought wholesale and then sold the apple retail to Adam. And as we now know, that was one expensive transaction. A key characteristic that clearly separates humans from the other animals identified in Genesis is ego. And while ego can be a beneficial motivator in selling professionally, in order to do that successfully, we must do something that’s…
The Hollywood Hills, Venice’s Abbot Kinney Boulevard and the Sunset Strip — three world-renowned Los Angeles icons. If you’re looking to make an impression on a client, here are three of the best representatives of each unique locale. “The Hills,” as they’re known in Los Angeles, is the not-so-humble abode of movie stars and rock legends. More than mere hills, the Santa Monica Mountains are the only range to bisect a North American city, dividing the L.A. basin from the San Fernando…
Disney chief Bob Iger resigns from Apple's board as the two companies prepare competing streaming services
Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Co, has resigned from the board of directors of Apple Inc. The news came via a one-line filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that indicated the move was made earlier this week on Sept. 10. No reason for the resignation was given, but the development comes as both companies are preparing to release competing streaming services within days of each other. In fact, Iger's exit occurred on the same day that Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) announced the…
This week in L.A. startup news: Tech companies brace for AB 5... Daqri shuts down AR platform
Tech companies brace for #AB5, Daqri shuts down AR platform, and other news form #TechLA this week.
The company is shutting down the service on Saturday, Sept. 14.
Flick picks: 'Hustlers' is 'Goodfellas' for the stripper set
"Climb into my fur." Jennifer Lopez invites us into the world of "Hustlers."
New California labor law could chill gig economy IPOs and investments
Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Postmates, Instacart and gig economy pioneer TaskRabbit are among the high-profile Bay Area gig economy companies that face potential investor backlash under Assembly Bill 5.
How one housing startup is helping L.A. companies grow
CEO Kulveer Taggar explains how his housing startup helps Los Angeles companies like Bird and ServiceTitan grow.
Disney+ launches free trial at doorstep of Netflix's European headquarters
It seemed a little odd when The Walt Disney Co. announced that it would first launch its hotly anticipated streaming service exclusively in the United States, Canada and ... the Netherlands. On Thursday, it became a little clearer why the northwestern European country will be one of the first to gain access to Disney+: The Mouse House is conducting a technology trial of the platform there, per reports. It probably doesn't hurt that the Netherlands is also the European headquarters for streaming…
Why J.J. Abrams took all his business to WarnerMedia
After months of courting the prolific producer, WarnerMedia has landed J.J. Abrams, inking a mega five-year strategic relationship with his Bad Robot film and television production company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but reports have said it's worth $500 million, though The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday pegged it at closer to $250 million with financial incentives that could reach into the billions with a hit film franchise. In any case, the pact puts Abrams, his co-CEO (and wife) Katie…